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BP Buys 32 of Kevin Costner's Oil Separating Machines
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 18 June 2010 17:51

From Daily Tech

Dances With Oil!

The ongoing leak of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico has reached epic proportions and shows no signs of stopping. All attempts to stop the leak of crude oil into the Gulf have failed thus far leaving the only option for the time being to clean the oil from the waters of the Gulf as quickly as possible.

Actor Kevin Costner came forward not long ago with a machine that his company -- Ocean Therapy Solutions (OTS) - has developed with bold claims that the machine could clean up the massive and ever increasing oil spill floating in the Gulf. The machine is a high-tech centrifuge that is offered in several different sizes with the largest of the machines capable of cleaning crude oil from water at a rate of hundreds of gallons per minute. The centrifuge promises to leave the water 99% clean of crude oil.

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Researchers can't predict long-term Deepwater impact on ocean
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 17:08

From ARS Technica

As oil continues to flow into the gulf of Mexico from the exploded Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, people are beginning to wonder what the effects of the spill will be in both the long and short term. Unfortunately, many scientists, even experts in the field, have precious little in the way of answers. According to a recent panel at the World Science Festival, given how much we use the ocean, we aren't learning about it nearly fast enough.

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NOAA Launches Oil Spill Mapping Site
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 17:35

From Information Week

Real-time, interactive information about the Deepwater Horizon containment effort is available on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site.

People interested in keeping track of the latest on the Deepwater Horizon spill cleanup efforts can now do so on a new Web site developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Foxconn Cuts Suicide Payouts, Looks to Replace Employees With Robots
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 17:59

From Daily Tech

Foxconn may replace workers at its plants with robots. The plants which have been dubbed as "hellish" by the Chinese media, also are cutting their sucide payouts. They already don't pay for workers who die of exhaustion.  (Source: Telegraph UK)

Foxconn is blame news orginizations' reporting of the deaths for provoking more suicides, dismissing that poor working conditions are to blame.  (Source: Southern Weekly)
Company also blames news networks for the suicides

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Foxconn plans further pay increase to stop suicides
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Written by Daniel   
Monday, 07 June 2010 16:22


Foxconn plans to raise pay again for workers in Shenzhen, China, to put a stop to a string of suicides at its main factory there, a campus of over 300,000 workers.

The company has become the focus of media scrutiny because at least 13 people have attempted suicide at its factories in China, mainly at the massive Shenzhen facility. Foxconn's size and the list of popular products it makes has also put it in the spotlight. It's the world's largest contract maker of electronics devices, producing iPhones and iPods for Apple, PlayStation 3s for Sony, Wiis for Nintendo, PCs for Hewlett-Packard and Dell, and mobile phones for Nokia.

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Employees at Apple's Hellish Foxconn Factory Feel Life is "Meaningless"
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 04 June 2010 17:48

From Daily Tech

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou says he can't understand why his employees would want to kill themselves. Gou is among the world's richest men. He lives a lavish lifestyle and recently married his much younger lover.

Authoritarian policies offer employees little freedom

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